Puntarenas real estate

Puntarenas which means “sand point” in Spanish is the capital city and also largest city in the Province of Puntarenas. This peculiarly shaped province has its biggest section in the South which is far from the capital city.

The city of Puntarenas

With beaches on the Pacific Ocean it attracts many tourists, especially surfers. It is also a well-known stop for tourist coming and going to Monteverde which is located to the northwest. The Caldera port is one of the main ports in Puntarenas and even Costa Rica. There also regularly scheduled ferries which carry vehicles from Puntarenas to the Nicoya Peninsula.

Puntarenas which was first called Villa Bruselas in colonial times was discovered by the famous conquistador for the Spanish crown Hernán Ponce de León in 1519. Although the steady use of the Gulf of Nicoya as an entry point to Costa Rica's inland territory, the port of Puntarenas was not fully developed until the late 1840 when coffee production in the highlands regions reached exportable volumes. The Congress of the Republic of Costa Rica in 1845 declared the port of Puntarenas a duty-free port with the exception of and hard liquor. At first the coffee was brought to the port of Puntarenas in ox drawn carts by means of a trail through the mountains.A stretch of railroad track which was completed i 1879, connected Puntarenas with the town of Esparza, this town was one of the country's earliest Spanish settlements and was founded in the year 1554, close to a decade before the Central Valley began colonized.  In the town of Esparza is where the oxcart trail came out of the mountains. Years after the railroads were constructed all the way to San José and service of the railroads was inaugurated in the year 1910. With the railroads connecting the Central Valley to the Pacific port's, the activities of the port of Puntarenas became and continued to be a major part of the region's economy and help to fuel economic growth from the early to the late 20th century. Dueto the deterioration of time to the port facilities and also the need to accommodate larger vessels of modern shipping fleets, a new port was built in the 1980s to the south of Puntarenas. The site for the new port was Caldera; this is where ships had anchored during colonial times. The city of Puntarenas is generally hotter than the Costa Rican Central Valley, with daytime temperature highs ranging from 30°C in the coldest months to 35°C in the hottest months. The Mayor of Puntarenas city is Rafael Ángel Rodríguez Castro. The city of Puntarenas has an area of about 34.30 km2 or 13.20 square miles and a control over 60 km2 which is almost 25 square miles of water as part of its territory. The population of this city is close to 34,080 as recorded in a 2012 census, an area of 994/km2 or about 2590/ square miles.

Paseo de los Turistas is a tree-lined promenade adjacent to the beach and perhaps one of the most interesting features of this lively and attractive city. The Paseo de los Turistas as the locals refer to it turns into a lively and colorful area on the weekend as people from all over come here to for the restaurants, discos, cafes, bars and hotels.  While the beach here is not safe for swimming due to the fact that the water tends to be very murky, it is still a great place to hang out and relax with the local also called ticos.


The city is home to some interesting architecture and that is just one of the main reasons that make this city definitely worth exploring. You can find much beautiful and old unusual kind of rustic looking buildings all over the city. Also there are several fabulous restaurants and hotels in the city of Puntarenas and this city also has a lovely old church which is a must see as well. During peak tourist seasons you should pay a visit to the Casa de la Cultura or house of culture for some excellent plays, concerts and performances. A recommended few months to visit this city is during the Festejos Populares in November, also the Fiesta del Virgin del Mar in July and during the city annual carnival celebrations in February and March as the city comes alive with costume and dances and many other lovely attractions. This city by the sea as the city of Puntarenas is referred to, attracts thousands of tourists yearly due to the fact that Puntarenas is often used as a central point for tourism services when exploring the many beautiful beaches and islands in the surrounding areas of the city. Some of these beaches and islands include Playa Naranjo, Playa Mal país, San Lucas, Cedros and Jesuita and also many national parks and nature reserves can be found not too far from this city, here are a few example of such the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, the Santa Elena Forest Reserve, the Parque Nacional Carara and the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio.


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